Second-Half Surge Lifts Lynn University to Victory in Women's Soccer

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University Sports Information Director

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BOCA RATON, Fla.- For the second time this season, a Palm Beach Atlantic University soccer team has had a rude awakening in the second-half of their match against Lynn University. On Wednesday afternoon it was the women’s team who trailed only 1-0 at the half only to see the Fighting Knights pour on five second-half goals to earn a 6-0 win.

The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s squad faced a similar fate a few weeks previous holding the then #1-ranked Fighting Knights men’s team scoreless in the first-half only to see them storm back for five unanswered goals in a 15 minute span.

Wednesday’s action featured a similar type scoring barrage as the Fighting Knights finally broke through against the efforts of the Sailfish defense with a second-goal in the 76th minute before tacking on four more insurance scores over the final 14 minutes of play.

“We played a fantastic disciplined game for 75 minutes. We understand we gave up a goal we’re not happy about in the first half but we were able to keep getting behind them and the ladies responded with a tremendous second half effort that fell short. We just got gassed with 15 minutes left. To Lynn’s credit they capitalized on our mistakes late in the game and scored a few more then what was indicative of the way the game went,” said head coach James Kryger.

LU got on the board in the first-half as Alyssa Rijavec found Megan Walsh for a cross into the box with Sarah Mendelsberg cashing in on her fourth goal of the season, via a header in the 15th minute to go up 1-0.

That would be all either team would muster in the first-half as LU outshot PBA 8-1 and entered halftime with a slim 1-0 lead.

PBA held strong in the second-half as well as they shutout the Knights for the first 31 minutes until Walsh beat Sailfish keeper Ashley Morrell in a one-on-one setting to go up 2-0. Melissa Ortiz was the next to find the back of the net for Lynn just two minutes later as Amanda Romeo-Gallo fed her for her 10th goal of the 2009 season.

Next would be Mendelsberg from Ortiz for her second score of the night in the 81st minute followed by an unassisted goal from Natalie Feller (84th minute) and another Ortiz score at exactly 88:00.

In total, the Fighting Knights outshot the Sailfish by a 21-2 mark as the Fish were without leading scorer Angie Kuhn due to a red card in Saturday’s loss at Rollins College. PBA held the corner kick advantage with a 6-2 advantage.

Kelsey Butler tallied the win in goal for Lynn while Morrell made seven saves in the loss for PBA.

“We will never be a team that sits back just to keep the score looking good. We could have packed it in the last 20 minutes and hoped for something late but we are trying to learn and the girls need the experience and to not just concede games or make the score look good will not help build this program or provide experience in our players. Tonight we were able to get every player involved on the field and it ended up looking a lot worse than it was and we are okay with that. The fact is we have been down on our luck lately in the goals against column however when we get it together we will be flying and it may take a few games like this, it may take some more but in the end watch out for the Lady Sailfish,” concluded Kryger.

PBA will return to the field on Tuesday, October 20th when they travel to Miami Shores, Florida to take on another Sunshine State Conference opponent in Barry University at 7 pm. 

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